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Poster: nbwrites Date: Mar 17, 2012 7:54pm
Forum: ourmedia Subject: Maria Callas Question

Question for Ourmedia:
I am working on a paper related to classical music and the public domain, and I have a question about one of the videos in your archive. There is a video of Maria Callas singing "Vissi d'arte" from Giacomo Puccini's opera "Tosca" (link: http://www.archive.org/details/VissiDarte). It is labelled with a CC Public Domain "Copyright-Only Dedication* (based on United States law) or Public Domain Certification" license. From my initial research, it appears that although the vast majority of Maria Callas-related audio and video recordings are in the public domain in the EU, they are not in the public domain in the United States. So my question is: is the "Vissi d'arte" video one that was still under copyright, but then intentionally dedicated to the public domain by the copyright holder? (if this is the case, then it would be in the public domain in the USA) Or, is it in the public domain of the country from which the work is published? (in which case, it would only be in the public domain in the EU, and/or wherever it was published, and not in the USA).
Any information you could provide to help shed some light on this would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much for your time!